As the heat of the summer begins to fade, it is time to start preparing for the cooler weather. Do not let the healthy progress you made during the summer fade with the heat. These healthy tips are designed to help you stay in shape as the weather cools off for the rest of the year.
1. Drink water!
Hydration is as important during the cooler months as it is during the summer. Yes, the risk of heat-related illnesses will drop, but the need for water never does. Make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water a day.
2. Get out and walk.
The fall and early winter are perfect times to get outside and go for a walk. The heat and bugs of the summer are gone. The colors on the trees keep the landscape interesting so you won’t get bored during your walk.
3. Go for a swim.
Yes, swimming is still an option in the cooler months just at indoor pools. Swimming is a great way to relieve stress. It is also good for people who may have trouble with their legs. Another benefit of exercising in a pool is it’s a great way to get some cardio exercise.
4. Go to a water aerobics class.
Water aerobic classes are great for people of all ages and ability levels. They benefit people who want to get back in shape, but struggle with working out in a gym because of pain. Working out in the water takes the stress off of painful joints and muscles. It also helps with balance as the water provides buoyancy when walking. Check with local health clubs and gyms to see the types of classes they offer.
5. Bring a friend to the gym.
It is always good to workout with someone else because you can motivate each other. It is important to have a source of motivation at the gym. It can be especially helpful on the days that the weather makes you want to stay in bed. If you have more advanced knowledge of working out challenge yourself by the week. If you are making the transition from couch to active for the first time, ask your local gym about their personal trainer services.
6. Keep an eye on what you eat.
The cooler months of the year often mean larger get-togethers like holidays and work gatherings. It is important to keep an eye on what you eat during the colder months as it may take longer to burn off the extra calories. Try to focus on portion control. Yes, you may have an occasional day to indulge, but make sure you limit these in accordance with your goals.
7. Be sure to stretch.
As the temperature plummets make sure you stretch well before participating in any outdoor activities. This is especially important once it is time to start shoveling snow. If you are unsure about completing the shoveling ask for someone to split the chore with you. Make sure you take breaks, especially if there is a large area you are working on.
8. Be mindful of the temperature and dress appropriately.
It is important to dress appropriately for the weather to stay in shape and healthy in order to help you avoid weather-related injuries.
9. Get your family and friends involved.
Regardless of how you plan to stay in shape recruit them to participate with you. Working out is a great time to reconnect with one another and talk about life. It also guarantees the entire house will see the benefits of remaining active during cooler weather.
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